If you are the type who likes to create papercraft sculptures, here is the best thing ever. I’m talking about a new Kickstarter project called reaDIYmate that not only lets you create objects using paper, but you can also bring them to life.
reaDIYmates are described as “fun Wi-fi paper companions that move and play digital sounds depending on what’s happening in your digital life.” Basically you select the behavior of the reaDIYmate. You could animate them or have them play a special sound whenever you receive an email, get a Facebook message, a tweet, or other stuff like that. Inside the body of each toy or sculpture is a small box with a mini servo motor and a speaker. This is connected to a “brain” which has an MP3 decoder, 2GB of memory, Wi-fi connectivity, and a push-button on top.
These cute companions come in a bunch of cool designs and colors, or if you are more creative, they come in plain white so that you can customize them yourself. They are also Arduino compatible, so that you can implement your own ideas. They can even interact with one another as shown in the demo video below:
Check out the reaDIYmate’s Kickstarter page for more details. A pledge of $130(USD) or more will get you a complete reaDIYmate brain, along with a paper toy or kinetic sculpture of your choice. $100 will get you the Barebones edition which includes the hardware, but you’ll have to make your own paper sculpture.